Precinct of Amun-Re (Karnak, Thebes, Egypt) : Ninth Pylon, showing the entry looking north on axis

Creator:
unknown (Egyptian (ancient)
Published/Created:
Karnak, Thebes, Upper Egypt, Egypt
ca. 1554-1305 BCE
Date Depicted:
ca. 1990-1999
8000 BC - 499 AD
Materials:
limestone
stone
Notes:
The largest precinct is that of Amun, which is surrounded by a rectangular enclosure wall, orientated to the four points of the compass. This wall, built by Nectanebo I (reigned 380-362 BCE), was 2.5 km in length, with four monumental and four secondary gates. Inside it there are the levelled remains of previous ramparts, which show that the sacred precincts had been extended. The Temple of Amun was built on a mound that symbolized the first land to emerge from the primordial swamp. The Amun complex incorporated a Sacred lake, which was supposed to represent the swamp in which the sun-god Re first manifested himself. The extensions along the north-south axis comprise a succession of four pylons (VII-X) and triumphal gates, which separate four courts, including the 'Cachette Court'. The jubilee temple of Amenophis II (reigned ca. 1426-ca. 1400 BCE) straddled the east wall of the fourth court (between pylons IX and X).
Variant Titles:
Karnak, Precinct of Amun-Re
Topics:
Architecture -- Egypt -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
New Kingdom
Culture:
Egyptian (ancient)
Accession Number:
1A3-EG-K-TA-5-D12
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
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Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; deities; rulers and leaders; Egypt--Religion construction built works; gate structures; pylons; built works; monuments; complexes; sites (locations); archaeological sites; excavations (sites) pylon; gateway
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module One
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
ca. 1990's
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10114685
PID:
digcoll:1856554